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App Spotlight: 8tracks

In decades past, when ipods were yet to be created and the mp3 was yet to be dreamed up, there existed the mix tape. It was a way to listen to the music people wanted to hear in a way that was completely in their control. In other words it was musical freedom, a way to express yourself. Now with the age of technology firmly upon us we have moved on from the 8-track and cassette tape to something more. However, even though that is the case we all still hold on to the idea of musical freedom and expression. With that in mind, many app developers have come out with apps to allow us to share the music we love in many ways, and one of these apps is named 8tracks.

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App Spotlight: Fuugo Video

There are many ways to make the time on the clock go by just a bit faster. One of the more popular ways to do this is to watch video clips and movies on your phone. However, there are many services out there attempting to do this separately, offering you some but, not necessarily all of that which is available to be viewed. That’s where video client apps come in, services that pool all of your favorite videos from across different sources into one place. This way, instead of spending time looking up videos, you can spend it watching them. There are several apps boasting this service, and one of the newer ones is named Fuugo Video.

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App Spotlight: Any.DO

With Thanksgiving coming, it is important to be able to keep track of all the things that need to be done. Put in some proper prep work and your Thanksgiving doesn’t need to be as chaotic as the ones of yesteryear. To help keep your family on track you can try many things. Giving everyone grocery or to-do lists, setting times as to when things need to get done, and so on. Another option is to write it all down in a task manager app that shares the all-inclusive to-do list with the entire family, like Any.DO.

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App Spotlight: ShopAdvisor

With holiday shopping now in full swing, a prudent consumer will try to get as much help as they can. This includes such age-old customs as looking through sales flyers and catching a deal on TV. However, with technology ever-moving forward, a prospective holiday shopper can add using mobile apps on their hand-held to that list. Evoqu. Inc., the creator of the popular TripAdvisor, has come out with one of these apps named ShopAdvisor.

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App Spotlight: Blip.me Walkie-Talkie

Speed is an all-important part of communication these days. It is not necessarily, how well one can articulate what needs to be said it’s how fast one can convey it. With that in mind, many app developers have come out with new ways to communicate such as voice responses to texts and the like. However, there are now apps that don’t even bother with the text and instead just use voice to communicate. An example of these apps is Blip.me Walkie-Talkie.

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App Spotlight: Thrillist Rewards

People like being rewarded for the things they do, whether it’s something as small as a gold star or as big as a bonus at Christmas. If those things tickle your fancy, then it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to assume that being rewarded for simply opening an app on your phone would be even better. With that in mind, many app developers have hooked up with businesses and event planners to allow their users privileged rewards and savings. One of the newer apps to grace this list is named Thrillist Rewards.

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App Spotlight: Nosh

Many services out there rate restaurants for people. While useful, the main issue that can arise is that after picking a suitable restaurant the diner finds out they have no idea what is on the menu. They didn’t ask for a lesson in French, they just want to eat. With that in mind, some app developers have come out with ways to not just rate eateries, but rather to rate the dishes being presented. One of these apps that is receiving some well deserved notice is Nosh.

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App Spotlight: Romplr: Remix

Ever listen to a track of music on the radio and think, “this sounds good, but I think I could do better.” That may be true, but how could you ever know? It’s not like you have a quick way to quickly remix music on hand. Well if you truly want to give it a shot there are apps out there that allow you to do such a thing. One of these apps is Rmoplr: Remix.

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App Spotlight: Citizenside

Ever think to yourself while leafing through a magazine “hey I’ve taken photos like that before, why can’t I be getting paid for this?” That’s actually a very good question. More and more news programs are using pictures taken by the public. Even governments are looking for your help, the Vancouver riots as a prime example. Now, there are many apps out there that share your pictures and stories, but some of them are more special than others. This is one of them and it is named Citizenside.

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App Spotlight: ChannelCaster: Social News

Sometimes it’s hard to sift through all the boring news to finally get to the topics you care about. Even if you specify what it is you’re looking for, the likelihood of not getting additional useless topics added to the few you actually wanted to read is low. That is why many app developers have been attempting to create services that help users streamline the way they get their info. An app that is helping them do just that, and in the process giving them the option of helping others, is ChannelCaster: Social News.

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App Spotlight: Gigbeat

Listening to our favorite artists from a recording is great, whether it’s through mp3 or CD. However, there is nothing quite like seeing them live, feeling the excitement ripple through the crowd roars its approval after every song and chorus. Then of course, there is the bragging rights to be had for actually getting in and seeing them while your friends had to stay home or go to work. The problem is that it’s hard to keep track of all these events while on-the-go, many services offering poor quality information on the topic. However, there are some out there that do their best to keep the concertgoer informed, and one of these apps is named Gigbeat.

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Gigbeat is an app that helps the user track their favorite artist’s concerts and events. It does this through a handful of ways. First, it will scan the music that is already present on their phone. Once located, it will take these artists and construct a list of upcoming events and concerts that they will be taking part. If there is no music on the phone that is not an issue either. The service allows the users to link Songkick.com and Last.fm accounts to the app so it can sync the artists there with Gigbeat. However, if that doesn’t suit, the user can simply search artists and add them to the apps list manually. This way if a mood strikes you to see a different type of music live or you want to add an artist you just heard of to the list, those options are open.

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The service will keep the user abreast of upcoming events that they have taken interest in and any changes in tour dates. It allows someone to look forward to the upcoming event without having to worry about changing venues and so on. The app also allows the user to purchase tickets for the event through it, using Songkick.com to complete the transaction.

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Live events like concerts are a great way to see some of the most talented people in the world perform. It adds a raw factor to the music, removing the polished veneer that many recorded songs have. So make sure you never miss another event and download Gigbeat.

 

App Spotlight: Hide It Pro

Personal privacy is important to everyone made through our creation of things like blinds for our windows, etc. While we enjoy expressing our own opinions, it doesn’t mean we want people being able to see every aspect of our lives. This is especially true when it comes to our phones. For many people these devices are extensions of their own body, causing grief and anguish when anything happens to them. They are our connection to the outside world, a depository of all things we want to have with us and because of this we want to protect them. Many app developers couldn’t agree more, so they have developed ways of keeping your private items private. One of these apps is called Hide It Pro.

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App Spotlight: Pageonce – Money & Bills

Stress is a huge factor when it comes to someone’s overall health. There are ways to remedy this problem like taking walks at night or taking up a hobby. Knitting is supposedly wonderful for the nerves. However, if that’s not really your speed maybe you should look into managing things better so you have more time to stop and smell the roses. There are many task managers available for your mobile phone, but there are a certain type of them that deal with the one thing everyone hates the most, the monthly bills. Amongst them, there are only a few that stand out, one of them is Pageonce – Money & Bills.

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App Spotlight: Tout

People love to share those important moments in their lives with those around them. Whether it is through services such as Twitter, Facebook, or Foursquare. However, as time goes on, we get bored with the same old tricks. What’s new is normally synonymous with what’s best. So with that in mind, app developers have been trying to reinvent the way we communicate. One of these ways is an app called Tout,  a way to share your moments a little at a time.

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